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Types of Content

All of CommonSpot’s content is edited and published within the context of the Web page. No client software besides the browser is required, nor is it necessary to navigate to a separate application or URL to manage content.

Participants from developers to content contributors are provided with a series of intuitive and dynamic user interface components and menus that allow them to participate in the creation and management of the site, all within the context of the page.

Pages - Every CommonSpot site is made up of individual pages. Each page contains content in different structures. A page’s structure relies on the underlying template to drive the layout characteristics of the page. This structure contains CommonSpot Elements that make up the content of the page. All page content, other than images or other native document files, are stored in a database, separating content from display.

Images - Another form of CommonSpot content is images. Images can be part of page content, but they are also stored in the image gallery. The image gallery is a central repository of image files that are categorized for searching. Each image in the gallery is versioned and can be updated, in turn updating all pages that use that image.

Uploaded Files - CommonSpot also manages non-HTML content. Non-technical users can easily upload images, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, and other rich media directly to the Web site. These files are versioned and managed by CommonSpot just like normal CommonSpot pages. Formats supported by the search engine in use, such as .pdf, .doc, etc., are full-text indexed at upload time as well.

External Pages - External pages are pages created outside of CommonSpot. The Registered URL item on the New menu provides the ability to organize and classify external Web pages registered in CommonSpot by assigning each page standard and custom metadata. Use this feature to display external pages in Page Index elements, the Find dialog, and reports. Note that external pages do not display in full-text search results.

Social Media - Contributors can conveniently create Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn posts, monitor responses, create comments any time within the page view, or "Submit and Share" page content on submission. You can also include shortened URLs withiin posts through the service. CommonSpot includes a Social Media dashboard for centrally viewing and managing posts and responses.

Multimedia - CommonSpot supports serving both locally and externally stored multimedia through integration with Brightcove and YouTube to leverage the expertise and hosting capacity of these dedicated video-sharing services to improve quality, reliability, and efficiency when publishing multimedia. Instead of manually adding code to play external multimedia files, or using separate Elements for each multimedia file type, contributors have instant access to multimedia collections hosted by dedicated sharing services. Like images, multimedia files are stored in a gallery for easy searching, viewing and updating..


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